The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument is undeniably one of the most iconic attractions in D.C, the marble obelisk standing 555 feet above the National Mall. The National Mall in itself is considered to be ‘America’s Front Yard’, with over 200 years of patriotic history as the very symbol of our nation and democratic values. The entire park is D.C’s premier civic and symbolic space.
The Washington Monument itself was built to commemorate our country’s first president and once commander-in-chief, George Washington, the ‘first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his country men’. You will learn all about his history and influence in our nation at this site, with several NPS guided tours offered daily. Find a tour by heading to the east side of the monument by the circle of flags. There will be a group of rangers doing security screenings that will usher you into the ground floor lobby of the building, then take you up the 500 ft elevator ride, lasting 70 seconds. Once at the 490’ level, you will see several different interactive and educational exhibits on the landmark.
Outside of ‘D.C’s Centerpiece’ your group can also enjoy recreational activities within the East Potomac Golf Course, East Potomac Tennis Court, Tidal Basin Paddle Boat Dock, or East Potomac Aquatic Center. Take a boat and enjoy the views from behind the gorgeous Japanese Cherry Trees, or perhaps pack a picnic to enjoy on the Mall!
**Note that the interior Washington Monument will be closed for renovation until Spring 2019, though your group may still walk around and site see!